New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

An exterior view of the N.Y.U. Bonomi Family Admissions Center. A purple flag with texts that read N.Y.U. Bonomi Family Admissions Center.

‘A step backwards’: NYU leadership on Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

The university said it remains committed to promoting diversity on campus following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against the use of affirmative action in college admissions.
Bruna Horvath and Yezen Saadah July 3, 2023

NYU leadership expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down race-sensitive college admissions practices in a letter to the university community...

Professor Rami Salameh stands in front of a podium, speaking to an audience in the Kimmel Center for University Life, while a projector screen behind him displays a Zoom virtual meeting.

Palestinian professor discusses colonialism, higher education at SJP event

A Birzeit University professor spoke to NYU students and faculty about the history and issue of higher education in Palestine under colonial rule.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor December 6, 2022

Palestinian scholar Rami Salameh, the chair of philosophy and cultural studies at Birzeit University, spoke to the NYU community about academic limitations on higher education...

Dr. Jonathan Haidt speaking in front of an audience with a presentation labeled “The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider” behind him.

Stern professor resigns from professional org. after refusing to write diversity statement

Jonathan Haidt, a professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business, resigned from a psychology research conference after refusing to write a required equity, inclusion and anti-racism statement.
Carmo Moniz and Tori Morales October 4, 2022

Jonathan Haidt, a professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business, refused to follow a new rule which presenters at an annual research conference to submit...

A Goyard bag with two books inside in front of a light red background.

Opinion: NYU students have the privilege to start fighting for the ideals we preach

Some of the NYU students that identify with leftist ideals are the bourgeois they speak against.
Caitie Drucker, Contributing Writer September 14, 2022

On the first day of classes at NYU, my literature professor opened the course saying “You know, you guys are just paying to be in the bourgeoisie, right?” Everyone in the class...

The facade of the City of New York graduate building, as seen from the corner diagonally across the street. On the left side of the building, a row of nine flags hangs above the entrance.

Opinion: New York, invest in CUNY

As New York state lawmakers finalize budgeting for the 2023 fiscal year, we must urge them to increase support for the City University of New York system.
Srishti Bungle, Opinion Editor March 30, 2022

The City University of New York public university system desperately needs more funding. It currently offers an amazing education — whether it be through their four-year bachelor’s...

Despite the surge in cases of the omicron variant, NYU announced that classes will be held in-person. However, the omicron variant can be fatal for disabled and immunocompromised students, whose health and safety continue to be overlooked. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: NYU’s reopening is ableist

NYU’s decision to start the spring semester with in-person instruction demonstrates a gross disregard for its most vulnerable students.
Srishti Bungle, Deputy Opinion Editor January 17, 2022

NYU’s recent announcement that the university will hold in-person instruction during the spring 2022 semester included a revealing concession. “To be clear, in all likelihood,...

NYU has announced that all need-based financial aid will be fulfilled for the class of 2025. This new policy needs to be extended to all current students. (Photo by Camila Ceballos)

Editorial: NYU should meet 100% demonstrated need for all current students

WSN previously reported that NYU would be meeting the demonstrated financial need of every student in the class of 2025. The new policy should be extended to all current NYU students, not just the students of the future.
WSN Editorial Board December 6, 2021

NYU recently implemented a new financial aid policy for the class of 2025 that intends to meet the full demonstrated financial need of every student — including international...

Conservative Senate hopeful J.D. Vance, pictured here at Turning Point USA’s Southwest Regional Conference in April 2021, often speaks at conservative events. Vance’s recent comments at the National Conservatism Conference disparaged higher education and professors. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)

Opinion: Senate hopeful J.D. Vance embodies American conservatism’s anti-intellectualism

American conservatives are taking up arms against education itself in a misguided and dangerous anti-intellectual crusade.
Kevin Kurian, Opinion Editor November 16, 2021

Republican senate hopeful J.D. Vance quoted disgraced former President Richard Nixon earlier this month in a harangue against institutions of higher education, going as far as...

NYUs student demographics by gender is 43% male to 57% female. Despite claims to the contrary, college enrollment for males is not increasing because of anti-male rhetoric. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

Opinion: Don’t blame feminists for low male enrollment

New studies show lower male enrollment in universities, which can be attributed to anti-college rhetoric directed toward young men.
Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer September 22, 2021

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported on this year’s National Student Clearinghouse study, which revealed data regarding the decline of male enrollment in universities....

Recently, bills that restrict teaching critical race theory have been introduced in 27 states. In a city as diverse as New York, education about racism is extremely important. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Opponents of critical race theory fail to understand its design

The rage against critical race theory comes from a place of ignorance. Education about racism is essential for students of all ages.
Alexis Tretschok, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

Over the summer, Republican legislators commenced a new phase in the ongoing debate regarding how to teach history classes about our nation's controversial policymakers. In June,...

The Daily Screener is a form developed by NYU to track the vaccination status of students and staff. However, given the information-carrying capacity of NYU ID cards, the Screener appears redundant and wastes people’s time. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: The NYU Daily Screener is redundant

There is no reason why we should have to show our Daily Screener and NYU ID to enter university buildings.
Kevin Kurian, Opinion Editor September 8, 2021

Despite NYU accepting the most diverse class in campus history, there are a handful of universal experiences among the student body that transcend race, gender and class. One of...

“Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal” on Netflix tells the story about one mans impact on higher education. Actors play out reenactments of events in the dramatic documentary. 
(Illustration by Renee Shohet)

‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’ defies documentary conventions

The story of how one man single-handedly ruptured the American higher education system. “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal” is now available to stream on Netflix.
Candace Patrick, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Just over two years ago, the college admissions scandal — later coined “Operation Varsity Blues” — sparked an uproar throughout the public, especially amongst students...